Master of Biological Sciences

Researchers in the biological sciences at ANU work on issues of global importance, including food security in both Australia and the developing world, new treatments for cancer and type 2 diabetes, and fighting malaria drug resistance. Breakthroughs in this research are brought straight to the classroom in the Master of Biological Sciences programs.

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You will have access to cutting-edge techniques in state-of-the-art laboratories, research infrastructure, and flexible learning facilities. At ANU, we pride ourselves on the support we give students, so we’ll help you design your degree to complement your prior study and to suit your interests. Specialisations include biomedical sciences, ecology and evolution, genetics, plant sciences and biochemistry. Alternatively, you can choose a broad overview of biological sciences today.

ANU is ranked as the best university in Australia1, and a leading centre for research in the biological sciences. We are home to the ARC Centre of Excellence for Plant Energy Biology, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis, the ANU/CSIRO Centre for Biodiversity Analysis, and the John Curtin School of Medical Research. Our world-class facilities include a Mass Spectrometry Facility for metabolomics and proteomics, and the High Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre of the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility.

Our teaching staff includes Professor Graham Farquhar, winner of the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science, the most prestigious science prize in Australia.

Advanced program

The Advanced program includes a research project and a thesis.

Career opportunities

A biological sciences degree provides you with the skills to pursue career goals in fields including plant laboratory science, industry, agriculture, public and environmental policy or further study. Our graduates are highly sought-after and go on to find interesting careers in a range of areas including agricultural biotechnology and plant breeding, clinical research, pharmaceutical companies, biosecurity, medical research and environmental policy. A Master of Biological Sciences (Advanced) can lead to a PhD.

1 - QS World University Rankings 2018


A scholarship is offered to international students who receive the highest mark in the Advanced program.

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